We advocate against exclusionary zoning and fight for zoning that encourages and supports affordability.
As policy issues come under scrutiny, we advocate around their impact on a municipality’s ability to create more affordability. Current policy issues we are working on include:
Each year we advocate for bills that will support increased affordability, and sometimes we even help to write and negotiate bills.
Joining Forces supports new opportunities for affordable housing by:
Supporting New Developments
The Mobilization Team is a trained group of Joining Forces members who are committed to making a lasting impact in their communities by vocalizing their support for more affordable housing.
As new opportunities to create affordability arise in our region, we support them through YIMBY (Yes, In My Back Yard) advocacy. We provide community education to correct misinformation about and promote the benefits of affordable housing.
Funding for Housing
RLTO in Evanston
The City of Evanston is considering a new ordinance to protect tenant rights. It includes a “Just Cause” section that will require landlords to have substantial and well-defined reasons for evicting a tenant or refusing to renew the lease.
Housing Advocacy in the Northwest Suburbs
If you live or work in the Northwest suburbs, you may be interested in a new effort to create a new advocacy coalition—possibly a Northwest chapter of Joining Forces!
Affordable Housing Ordinances in Skokie
The Village of Skokie is in the process of considering what ordinance it will put in place to increase the supply of affordable housing.